October 2017 Movie Discussion

Episode 3 of RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION: The House We Live In, asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.


May 2017 Film – Kumu Hina

Kumu Hina is a powerful feature documentary about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawai. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

Our second film, Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of this story are the artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), a group of Native Hawaiian charter-school youth and the rural community of Waimea, dealing with the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture.

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai’i to study art on the mainland, made a name for himself as a street artist and returned to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling and drugs after the birth of his first child and returned to writing when he realized it was a way to help youth.

June 2017 Film – The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America

Please join NAACP, NCBI and Whites for Racial Equity for the showing of the film, The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America, on Thursday, June 15 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd in Carmel.  The event is free and open to the public.

Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures (Indigenous, African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America. With uncommon courage, the women speak their hearts and minds about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences, and more. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi- dimensional worlds invisible to outsiders. The abundance of photographs, dance, and music provides a sensual richness to this provocative piece. The Way Home is rich with stories and experiences that will provoke conversation.

March & April 2017 Film – I Am Not Your Negro

Whites for Racial Equity invites everyone to two evenings of film and discussion about the film:    I am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s documentary is an advanced seminar in racial politics and an important introduction to James Baldwin’s work.” A. O. Scott, New York Times

These events are free and open to the public. 6:30 – 9:00, Thursday evenings, March 16 and April 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aquajito Road

Members of Whites for Racial Equity who have seen this film found it so full of passion and clarity that we agreed one showing and one evening would not be enough. This Thursday,  March 16, we will do an uninterrupted showing of the film followed by a general discussion with guided questions. On April 20, we will use segments of the film to delve more deeply into all the film has to offer.

Many of the words of the film, read by Samuel L. Jackson, come from reflections of Mr. Baldwin on the lives of his assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X

Feb. 2017 Film – Dark Girls

Join us this  Thursday, February 16, from 7pm – 9pm for the film showing and discussion of Dark Girls at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA (map)

DARK GIRLS is a fascinating and controversial documentary film directed by actor Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women, Academy Award Nominee Viola Davis, share their personal stories touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.


The event is free and open to the public.  http://officialdarkgirlsmovie.com/

Jan. 2017 Film – Black Lives Matter

Our film group will meet on Thursday, Jan 26 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian UniversSarah Hardgrave <shardgrave333@gmail.com>alist Church. This month’s film is Black Lives Matter- a new documentary of the same name which examines the origins, influence and evolving mission behind this grassroots phenomenon. Collectively, these elements constitute the building blocks of a revolution. Produced by the highly acclaimed VPRO Backlight series, Black Lives Matter provides a potent overview of this ongoing crisis.

Nov. 2016 Film – 13th

Whites for Racial Equity will be showing the film  13th on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 7-9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel.

Director Ava DuVernay’s takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.

Below is a link to an interview with Ava DuVernay and a discussion about her newest film “13th” The film, “13th,” is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. Her previous work includes the hit 2014 film “Selma.”